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Pear Crumb Coffee Cake

Tall and tender, this spiced pear coffee cake topped with nutty, crunchy crumb topping is a delicious start to fall baking!

Tall and tender, this spiced pear coffee cake topped with nutty, crunchy crumb topping is a delicious start to fall baking!

Tall and tender, this spiced pear coffee cake topped with nutty, crunchy crumb topping is a delicious start to fall baking!

Wait? What? Fall?? Already? How?

I’m in denial! Yet, I’m super excited for all things pumpkin, apples and pears. And cranberries! Oh how I love cranberries.

Anyway, to welcome the beautiful fall weather, I made this super tender, spiced pear coffee cake. Piled with thick layer of crunchy, buttery, nutty crumb topping with little pieces of juicy fresh pears! Simply delicious!

Tall and tender, this spiced pear coffee cake topped with nutty, crunchy crumb topping is a delicious start to fall baking!

Remember a while back I canned a whole bunch of pear sauce? Well, I still had a few jars hanging out in my pantry, begging to be useful. Instead of my usual pancake topping, I decided to make a coffee cake with it. Though it turned out pretty fabulous, it was lacking some texture. Like something crunchy, chewy and crumbly. Well, I didn’t have to think too hard. Crumb topping it is! And who doesn’t love that??

Buttery, crumbly mixture of oats, almonds and brown sugar with bursts of fresh pears. DELICIOUS!

The best part, it’s quite simple to throw this cake together too! For the crumb topping, I like to use softened butter. It’s easier to work it into the dry ingredients. Make sure to mix everything well, so that there is no dry ingredients left. 

The secret to tender and moist coffee cake is to beat the butter and sugar until nice and fluffy. Take your time and beat it good. 

And I realize not everyone has a jar of homemade sweet pear sauce laying around in the pantry. But don’t let that stop you from trying this recipe. You can substitute sweet applesauce for pear sauce. Just add 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon to the batter, and you should be good to go. Call it apple crumb coffee cake!

Pear crumb coffee cake - step by step photo tutorial

Oooh, and to take this cake over the top, serve it with a dollop of my yogurt whipped cream! It’s amazing, I promise!

Tall and tender, this spiced pear coffee cake topped with nutty, crunchy crumb topping is a delicious start to fall baking!

Hope you make this cake soon.

Have an amazing holiday weekend! And thank you for stopping by. 😉

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Pear Crumb Coffee Cake

Tall and tender, this spiced pear coffee cake topped with nutty, crunchy crumb topping is a delicious start to fall baking!

Yield: 6-8 servings

Ingredients:

For crumb topping:

  • 1/3 cup (30gr) almond slivers
  • 1/3 cup (30gr) rolled oats
  • ¼ cup (45gr) packed light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup (30gr) all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons (40gr) unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 small pear

For coffee cake:

  • 2 cups (250gr) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (115gr) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup (130gr) sugar
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 8oz (240ml) sweet spiced pear sauce*
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • Cooking spray

Directions:

  1. To make the crumb topping: In a medium bowl, mix together almond slivers, oats, brown sugar, flour, butter, baking soda and salt.
  2. Cube the pear and add it to the crumb mixture. Set aside.
  3. To make the coffee cake: Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  5. In a mixing bowl with paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, scraping the sides of the bowl after each addition.
  6. Add half of the flour mixture and mix until just combined. Add half of the pear sauce and mix for 1 minute. Add the remaining flour mixture and stir until combined. Finally add the rest of the pear sauce and mix until the batter is smooth. Stir in the vanilla extract.
  7. Spray 9-inch round spring-form pan with cooking spray. Pour the cake batter into the pan. Spread the prepared crumb topping evenly over the cake batter. Lightly pack it down into the batter. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until inserted toothpick comes out clean. Cool on wire rack for 5 minutes, remove the sides of the pan and cool the cake completely. Serve with yogurt whipped cream on the side.

*You can substitute sweet applesauce for pear sauce. And add 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon to the batter.

Store the cake in the fridge, covered. Bring it to room temperature before serving.

For step-by-step photos and additional notes, read the post above.

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20 comments

  1. Shinee! I LOVE pears in baking and this nutty, crunchy crumb topping is everything! Hooray for fall and baking! my fave time of the year! 

  2. Hi Shinee. I love the use of pears in your crumb cake. Looks delicious. Thanks for sharing

  3. I love how elegant (but secretly simple) this recipe is! I can make it for my family and not be embarrassed with a face-plant or I can use it for entertaining on a brunch weekend and feel oh so fancy. Pinning and can’t wait to make it!

  4. I really need to bake with pears and pear sauce more often, this looks so yummy!! 

  5. I happen to have lots of canned pear sauce in my pantry, I didn’t spice it, but can easily add some cinnamon to the batter.  And I just bought some fresh pears at the farmer’s market.  This is going to happen this week 🙂  Thanks for a beautiful recipe!

  6. I love this cake especially with the crumb topping.  I’ve tried it without but it is so much better with it.  

    The yogurt whipped cream is exceptionally good!  The yogurt gives the cream a bit more body, a bit of tang and just bumps up it up to a new level of flavor.  After trying this recipe, I plan to use yogurt in my whipped cream from now on.  I think you will too.

  7. Looking delicious! 
    I’ll be featuring you recipe on the blog tomorrow… THANK YOU SO MUCH for partying with us! 
    xo
    Desirée

  8. YUMYUMYUM! I love pears. AND coffee cake! Can’t wait for pears to be in season so I can make this!

  9. Yummm! I love all things apple, pear, pumpkin and cranberry 😀 This looks delicious!

  10. This looks SO good! I’m definitely ready for fall! Bring on the apples, pears, & cooler weather 🙂

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